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Information Cost, Learning, and Trust Lessons from Co-operation and Higher-order Capabilities Amongst Geographically Proximate Firms

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  • Mark Lorenzen

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In this short paper, I put forward an argument about trust based upon an information cost perspective. I argue that, in different contexts, different origins of trust come to dominate. This is so, because different possible origins of trust have a different information cost, and different contexts have different information availability. Agents learn about this, and place their trust accordingly. I provide an empirical example, and list some traits of information availability between geographically proximate firms. The information cost argument explains why a particular way of trusting is prevalent in some proximate ‘communities’ of agents.

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  • Mark Lorenzen, 1998. "Information Cost, Learning, and Trust Lessons from Co-operation and Higher-order Capabilities Amongst Geographically Proximate Firms," DRUID Working Papers 98-21, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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    1. Esben Sloth Andersen, 1998. "Escaping Satiation in an Evolutionary Model of Structural Economic Dynamics," DRUID Working Papers 98-9, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
    2. Nicolai J. Foss, 1998. "Firms and the Coordination of KnowledgeSome Austrian Insights," DRUID Working Papers 98-19, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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    1. Katariina Ala-Rämi, 2006. "Communication and Distance in Collaboration between High-technology Enterprises in Northern Finland," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(8), pages 1047-1062, January.
    2. Peter Huber & Daniela Kletzan, 2001. "Corporate Co-operation with CEECs," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 74(2), pages 103-110, February.
    3. Charles Edquist & Marie-Louise Eriksson & Hans Sjögren, 2002. "Characteristics of Collaboration in Product Innovation in the Regional System of Innovation of East Gothia," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(5), pages 563-581, July.

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    Keywords

    Trust; governance; information cost; organisational learning; industrial districts;

    JEL classification:

    • D23 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R39 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Other

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